Political rhetoric, freedom of expression and hate speech against religious believers

Howard, Erica ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0848-5033 (2020) Political rhetoric, freedom of expression and hate speech against religious believers. In: European populism and human rights. Vidmar, Jure, ed. International Studies in Human Rights . Brill | Nijhoff, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 193-214. ISBN 9789004416000, e-ISBN 9789004416017. [Book Section] (doi:10.1163/9789004416017_010)

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Many politicians across Europe – for example, Marine Le Pen in France, Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and the AfD party in Germany - have made derogatory remarks about Islam and its incompatibility with and threat to modern Western values. When these politicians are challenged, they often invoke their right to freedom of speech; they state that they are only saying what a lot of people are thinking and are worried about and thus that they are contributing to the political and public debate. They also sometimes point out that their criticism is aimed at Islam, not at Muslim believers. This chapter will examine whether, under the European Convention of Human Rights, the right to freedom of expression of a politician or of any other person contributing to the public debate can be curtailed to spare religious believers’ feelings, to protect religious people from offensive attacks on their beliefs or from expressions that stir up hatred or violence against them.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: ISSN: 0924-4751
Keywords (uncontrolled): Human rights–Europe, Council of Europe, Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1950 November 5)
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 27669
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a chapter published by Brill | Nijhoff in European populism and human rights, available online:https://brill.com/view/title/56233
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Depositing User: Erica Howard
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2019 19:36
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2021 23:05
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/27669

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